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December IF News from Kristin Pekoll

Posted By Todd A. Schlechte, Friday, December 11, 2015

The latest intellectual freedom news is provided by Kristin Pekoll of the ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom.

Intellectual Freedom News

December 11, 2015

 

Censorship

·        Wisconsin school nixes reading of book about transgender kid Update: Photos: 'I Am Jazz' book reading draws 600 people in Mount Horeb

·        'This Book is Gay': Wasilla library mulls future of LGBT sex-ed book Update: After complaint over one LGBT guidebook, Wasilla library will move an entire section

·        Couple want book removed from District 196 libraries Update: Rosemount schools panel rejects parents' request to pull library book

·        School board member wants Muppets book banned Update: Muppet Book Should Stay in Curriculum

 

Privacy

·        IRS launches campaign to educate taxpayers about identity theft, refund fraud through Security Awareness tax tips

·        Librarians and privacy advocates ally to condemn cybersecurity bill

·        Security and privacy checklist for smart devices: 50 Million to be Sold Over the Holidays

·        White House meets with privacy advocates about encryption

·        Weak encryption won't defeat terrorists – but it will enable hackers

·        New York DA's Proposal to Backdoor Encrypted Devices Is Riddled With Vulnerabilities

 

Around the Web

·        Intellectual Freedom for All: Developing LGBTQ Collections

·        Banning mature-themed books isn't the answer

·        40% of Millennials OK with limiting speech offensive to minorities

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·        OIF and Intellectual Freedom at Midwinter

 

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If you see a news article about privacy, access, filtering or book challenges in a library or school, please email it to me. kpekoll@ala.org

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Call for nominations for the Gerald Hodges IF Chapter Relations Award

Posted By Administration, Saturday, December 5, 2015
CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table(IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2016 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award. The Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award recognizes an intellectual freedom focused organization that has developed a strong multi-year, ongoing program or a single, one-year project that exemplifies support for intellectual freedom, patron confidentiality and anti-censorship efforts. The award consists of $1,000 and a citation. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 1, 2016. The award is named after Gerald Hodges, who joined the ALA staff in 1989 as director of membership services and the Chapter Relations Office. Hodges was the associate director of communications and marketing at his death in 2006, but intellectual freedom and chapter relations were still his passions. A charter member of the ALA Legacy Society, he willed a portion of his estate to support ALA's intellectual freedom efforts. Memorial contributions in recognition of Hodges came from many friends, colleagues and ALA chapters following the establishment of the Gerald Hodges Fund. The Hodges nomination form is available on the ALA website. Nominations and supporting evidence should be sent to: Shumeca Pickett, ALA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. Telephone: 312-280-4220 or 800-545-2433, ext. 4220. Fax: 312-280-4227. E-mail: spickett@ala.org The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) provides a forum for the discussion of activities, programs and problems in intellectual freedom of libraries and librarians; serves as a channel of communications on intellectual freedom matters; promotes a greater opportunity for involvement among the members of the ALA in defense of intellectual freedom; promotes a greater feeling of responsibility in the implementation of ALA policies on intellectual freedom. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Shumeca Pickett, Administrative Assistant Office for Intellectual Freedom www.ala.org/oif

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Proposed Revisions of Bylaws

Posted By Todd A. Schlechte, Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The proposed revisions to the bylaws can now be viewed as an attachment to this post, or you can check out the Group Pages.  Please comment if you see anything that needs to be corrected or be better stated.  Remember, we are only dealing with items in the bylaws directly affected by the name change.  Please do not make proposals for other improvements to the bylaws at this time.

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Tags:  bylaws  electronic discussion  name change  spring meeting 

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Bylaws Changes

Posted By Todd A. Schlechte, Wednesday, November 25, 2015
At the October Annual Meeting of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table, it was unanimously decided to change the name of the group to "Intellectual Freedom," with the acronym IF. This does necessitate a change in our bylaws (changing each instance of the name and the acronym), to be voted on by those present at the spring meeting using secret ballot (in accordance with the bylaws). The bylaws are located at https://nebraskalibraries.site-ym.com/members/group_content_view.asp?group=148650&id=551095. Shortly, additional content will appear which contains the proposed changes. Feel free to comment on this blog post as a way to begin electronic discussion of this proposal.

Tags:  bylaws  electronic discussion  name change  spring meeting 

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